[ proh-feyj ]
/ ˈproʊˌfeɪdʒ /
a stable, inherited form of bacteriophage in which the genetic material of the virus is integrated into, replicated, and expressed with the genetic material of the bacterial host.
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British Dictionary definitions for prophage
/ (ˈprəʊfeɪdʒ) /
a virus that exists in a bacterial cell and undergoes division with its host without destroying itCompare bacteriophage
Word Origin for prophage
C20: by contraction from French probactériophage; see pro- ², bacteriophage
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Medicine definitions for prophage
[ prō′fāj′ ]
The latent form of a bacteriophage in which viral genes are incorporated into bacterial chromosomes disrupting the bacterial cell.probacteriophage
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